APC pays tribute to social justice legend and struggle veteran

Father Paddy Kearney, a social justice legend and struggle veteran passed away on 23 November 2018. He was born in Pietermaritzburg and is the founder of the Diakonia Council of Churches, and the chairperson of the Denis Hurley Centre. He was awarded a honorary doctorate from the University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN). Kearney is the author of Guardian of the Light, a biography of Archbishop Denis Hurley. On the occasion of Archbishop Hurley’s 70th birthday, Alan Paton referred to the Archbishop as the “guardian of the light that warns of dangers and saves us from destruction”Kearney contributed greatly to the struggle for liberation and is described by Minister Zweli Mkhize as a “fearless fighter for peace, tolerance and democracy”.Kearney was responsible for interviewing Archbishop Hurley as part of the Alan Paton Centre’s Oral History Project. Kearney said that he knew the Archbishop was a “fascinating person to interview whose contribution to the anti-apartheid struggle he had long admired”.The APC salutes and admires the contribution of Paddy Kearney for his fight against social ills (HIV/ADIS. Abuse against women and domestic violence.
Rest in peace, Father Paddy Kearney.